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McNish Hails Abt’s “Blinding” Berlin Performance

Allan McNish calls Daniel Abt’s win in Saturday’s Berlin E-Prix “mature and polished”…

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Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team principal Allan McNish says Daniel Abt’s commanding victory at the Berlin E-Prix was a special moment for the German manufacturer.

Abt cruised to a decisive win over team-mate Lucas di Grassi, as Audi chalked up its first 1-2 result in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

Abt also claimed a clean sweep of the points with the victory, pole position and the fastest lap at the 1.4-mile Tempelhof circuit, while Audi’s maximum points haul means it leapfrogs DS Virgin Racing for second in the teams’ standings.

“These results don’t happen often, especially in a home race but the performance has been a long time coming, so it was a special performance,” McNish told e-racing365.

“We evolved into the track better than anyone else and Daniel was just terrific. In fact, his pace and performance were blinding.

“[Abt’s last win in] Mexico was a very strong performance for Daniel, but here today we saw a very mature and polished performance from him, especially after the pit stop.

“He and his engineer [Daniel Grunewald] just paced it and the first half of the second stint was just very, very strong.”

Abt referred to his domination of the race as a career highlight and said that it gives him the renewed confidence to target second position in the points.

The German driver leaves the Berlin weekend with a single-point gap to bridge to Felix Rosenqvist in third, and a 37-point deficit to Sam Bird in second.

“To do it here in Berlin on home ground with a huge crowd and get maximum points with a 1-2 feels stunning,” Abt told e-racing365.

“It is the best day ever. It’s by far the highlight of my career so far and I think it will gain some nice momentum for me to challenge those above in the standings now.”

Abt Not Yet Confirmed for Season Five

Abt, who is yet to have a firm deal in place with the team for the 2018-19 season, alluded to the situation in the post-race press conference and then later on to e-racing365.

“I can’t do more than that today, the rest you will have to ask the team,” he said.

McNish didn’t directly comment on Abt’s contractual situation when asked but did refer to the teams’ plans for the rest of the season.

“My personal point of view is that we look at Zurich, we look at New York and then we see how things are,” said the three-time Le Mans winner.

“We have a good crack at second in the drivers’ championship and an outside chance of catching Techeetah in the teams’ so there is a lot to still play for, for all of us here.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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